How do you come up with the names of your characters? It almost seems as though, as an author, you have the continuous fun of naming children!
Again, as a how-to author, this one’s easy. I am the main character; the experts and audience are the other characters; and things progress nicely from there.
Were you an avid reader as a child? If so, what were some of your favorite books?
I was a non-reader. I was dyslexic and did not learn to read well until I was an adult. I spent my childhood suffering through books I required for school. Most words entailed focused attention to decipher; thus the process was painful and sheet drudgery. As a young adult, my mind was freed to read more easily and everything changed. Since then, I have become an avid reader, focusing almost all my attention on nonfiction books.
If you had to summarize your life and give it a book title, what would that title be?
Super Busy. Actually, I started writing a book by that title last fall. I think I was built to be busy and I love tackling new challenges. In 2002, we bought a restaurant for me to manage, despite the fact I had never worked in a restaurant, even as a waitress. In 2006, we bought a retail store and espresso café, same drill. I don’t even drink coffee. My life is fun, fast and always interesting. I like it.
What are you working on right now? Could you give us a taste/teaser (aka excerpt) from your current WIP?
SANE: Social Networking Success in 15 Minutes a Day. I launched it as an eBook last fall and it took off. I am currently adding stories from successful Social networkers to flesh out a full-length book that will help people understand how to take advantage of the opportunities available in our interactive, 2.0 culture.
What are you reading right now?
I’m always reading about five books at a time. Just now I’m loving Girl Talk by Jen Hatmaker. She is a riot! She’s a pastor’s wife and absolutely hilarious. I interviewed her for my radio show last year and have been a fan ever since. Love this little book about the freedom gained when we are willing to be vulnerable. I am also reading, Leading with a Limp, by Dr. Dan Allender. People look to me as a mentor despite my glaring weaknesses and this book is a breath of fresh air in a culture that worships outward perfection.